Apple Takes Control of 'Apple.co.uk' Domain Name

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    After having an online presence in the United Kingdom for more than 15 years, Apple has finally acquired the Apple.co.uk domain name. Dating back to at least 2003, Apple.co.uk has been owned by Apple Illustration, an illustration agency based in the UK. That company is now located at AppleAgency.co.uk.

    .co.uk is the primary commercial second-level domain under the United Kingdom's domain hierarchy with many major companies using it as a base of their UK online operations.

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    The transfer in ownership happened early this month, with the website beginning to redirect to Apple in the past few days. We've contacted both Apple and Apple Illustration for comment on how the transfer came about, but have yet to hear back from either company.

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    Thank goodness for that! Will save me all of half a second instead of typing apple.com/uk :D

    Wonder how much Apple paid?
     
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    Just in time for the "Samsung didn't copy" announcement. :D
     
  4. macrumors 6502a

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    Finally! Bet the other company got some pounds for it. I'd be surprised if they're still trading though; the site looked about 15 years out of date in terms of design.
     
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    about time! I always get redirected when typing this in
     
  6. macrumors 65816

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    Before you know it Apple will buy out every domain so the internet will always redirect you to apple.com
     
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    Now thats what you call taking your time.
     
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    I wonder if app£e.co.uk will redirect to it.
     
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    Apple Agency don't need and real clients anymore after that successful sale! £££
     
  10. macrumors member

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    if they'd thought about it they should have had a pay-per-impression advertising system on their site.

    would have made a few quid or all the times i kept forgetting and typing .co.uk :D
     
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    I am wondering that as well. Chances are the orginal owners kept turning Apple offers down and Apple knew they could not go after them for squatting on it as it was a legit domain name more than likely dating back a long time.

    I would not be surprised if it was well into the 7 figure range.
     
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    You can bet that Apple will be sure to really emphasise that the Galaxy Tab is just too uncool to be mistaken with an iPad :p
     
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    Finally! I hated ending up on that weird site before when i didn't put the proper address in...
     
  14. macrumors 6502a

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    Maybe the bought it just for the Samsung didn't copy announcement.
    Hopefully the judge specified which website they should put it on. ;)
     
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    i'm just happy us brits can finally start buying apple products.:D
     
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    The previous owner of this domain was listed at an address about 15mins drive from me. So if I see a new Ferrari in the area with an appropriate Apple themed number plate I'll be able to put a name to a face.

    Be interesting to know the purchase price!
     
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    They want control the world
     
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    yay finally
     
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    Just chiming in.
    Finally!
     
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    Ah good, I can stop accidentally going to that odd site, or going to the US site by accident.

    All Apple need to do is release the new iMac so I can test it ;-)
     
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    I would think just the opposite. Apple is not known to cave - look at the Beatles albums on iTunes as leading evidence.

    Apple probably offered something like substantial but not overwhelming like $250,000. It took 7 years for this guy's failed business to finally realize that he needed the money and Apple wasn't going any higher.
     
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    Finally! :D
     
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    Doesn't apple.com automatically redirect to the Apple site of the country you're accessing it from? Did I make that up?
     
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    Must be nice having $98,000,000,000 in reserve.
     
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    Planning to mug him? :D

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    Not sure about Apple, but Google does something similar (or based on OS language, can't remember). Almost as annoying as 'Did you mean...?'
     

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